Monday, February 8, 2016

Tucson Gem & Mineral Show--day one

Tucson has one major event that comes each year the first 2 to 3 weeks in February--The Gem Show.  This event takes over the city and offers the most amazing array of 'stuff'--stones, rocks, gems, jewelry, fossils, crafts, makings for crafts, food, people watching, and a chance to meet visitors from every nation on the planet.

This year there are 45 venues.  If this show continues to grow I am not sure where they will find space for many more.  Each venue is made up of dozens of exhibitors from every part of the planet.  Andrea and I met people from France, Morocco,  China, India, Australia and all over Africa.

Every hotel or motel in town is either full of exhibitors or their exhibits.  We spent hours at a Ramada Inn just going from room to room.

Some of the hotel rooms were well laid out...

Some were just crazy.

I wonder about the weight of the luggage put on airplanes coming to Tucson.  And because of the weight of so much of this 'stuff' the prices on everything will drop drastically the last week of the show.

So if you are just dying to add to your collection of fossils you have lots to choose from here. 

Dinosaur Poop for Sale.

Pooped Pets not for sale.

Nature in all its glory is on display here.   

The color in this piece was exquisite but my silly little camera hardly does it justice.

The really big venues with the most expensive diamonds and emeralds are at the convention center and are only open to wholesalers the first two weeks.  The final week they open up to everyone.  Andrea accompanied me to four of the lesser shows but that took two days with hours of walking.  Some people actually spend every day of the three weeks traveling from show to show to see it all.  

Pyramids ?

Stay tuned, there is more to come.

1 comment:

  1. Good heavens. And here I thought I had rocks! All lava rocks, of course.